Meeting Government’s Data Security Mission

Storage has always been a time consuming issue for federal information professionals. Changes to virtualization have enabled current system administrators to be much more flexible in assigning storage. Not only does this make life easier for management, but it also increases efficiency, improves security, and enables easier deployment of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). 

Many agencies can only roughly predict spikes in storage requirements. If you combine that with the amount of new data being produced from mobile devices, medical instruments, and even sensors it makes sense to look at new ways to provision storage.

Donald Poorman, solutions architect manager for Govplace and Jase McCarty, staff technical marketing architect for VMware joined Federal News Radio to discuss these issues and more on “Meeting Government’s Data Security Mission.”

McCarty addressed how a VMware vSAN can provide dynamically allocated storage for unexpected spikes. Not only does this make variable storage easier, but it reduces human errors and eliminates cross training that may be necessary with disparate hardware storage systems.

Security is top of mind for everyone inside and outside the federal government. In a development that may seem counter intuitive, today’s state-of-the-art VMware vSAN can actually provide encryption without the expected performance hit. This means that a system administrator can now provide scalable storage at reduced cost and include encryption without a reduction in accessing data.

When looking at the ecosystem of technology, VMware vSAN works very well with VDI. Poorman said that efficiently provisioning storage can ease the burden of deploying VDI. That’s because virtualized storage can assure systems are patched which reduces the risk of attack and, at the same time, reduces maintenance costs.

 

Moderator

John Gilroy, Host of Federal Tech Talk, Federal News Radio

John Gilroy has been a member of the Washington D.C. technology community for over twenty years. In 2007 he began weekly interviews on Federal News Radio called “Federal Tech Talk with John Gilroy.”   His 428 interviews provides the basis for profitable referral business. In 2009 he created a successful breakfast club of previous radio guests called The Technology Leadership Roundtable. He has been instrumental in two of his guests forming their own radio shows:  Derrick Dortch with “Fed Access” and Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm with “Women in Washington.”

In 2011 he began teaching a course in social media marketing at Georgetown University; in March of 2014, John won the Tropaia Award for Outstanding Faculty.  John conducts monthly corporate training for large companies on how to leverage social media to generate revenue.

 

Guests

Donald Poorman, Manager, Solutions Architecture, Govplace

Donald Poorman has over 20 years’ experience in the design, implementation, and support of various information technology systems.  He has worked on projects which affected thousands of end users; including high profile accounts such as the White House Executive Residence, the American Red Cross, National Headquarters, and Bank of America.

 

Jase McCarty, Staff Technical Marketing Architect, VMware

Jase has a diverse career in technology over the past 25 years. As an IT pro, he has worked in academics, health insurance, & financials in positions ranging from administration, architecture, web development, curriculum development, to training. Before coming to VMware, he was a vSpecialist at EMC, supporting the Federal Government. He is a retired USAF MSgt, where he spent most of his military career in Communications. He is Co-Author of two virtualization books, is regularly designated as a vExpert, and is active on Twitter as @jasemccarty.